Hydraulics digital library
The Grenoble University Science Library boasts a collection of several hundred works in the field of hydraulics. Ranging from the 16th to the 20th century, the works in the collection come mainly from the library of the Ecole des ingénieurs hydrauliciens (hydraulics engineering school), which was established in Grenoble in 1929.
The collection includes a number of illustrations depicting hydraulics in the broad sense of the term, as well as more theoretical representations of concepts in areas like fluid mechanics and the engineering arts. The oldest items in the collection deal with wells, fountains, reservoirs, mills, and early hydraulic systems like locks, water wheels, and pumps. Hydraulic architecture is also well represented in the collection, with works on waterway engineering and construction methods for embankments, canals, and locks.
The library began scanning the collection in 2010, beginning with French works from the 18th and 19th centuries with a predominant focus on iconography. The electronic collection will continue to expand as more recent works are scanned at a planned rate of around 40 per year. The next topics to be added emerged in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and include hydraulic motors, turbines, and hydroelectricity.
The Hydraulica digital library aims to make a large selection of reference works – be they books or illustrations – on the still highly-relevant field of hydraulics available to the broadest possible audience. The works cover topics like water supply networks, irrigation, energy production, and flood prevention.Hydraulica > http://hydraulica.grenet.fr